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Proposed Lockport cell tower may be shortened, moved

LOCKPORT – A consultant for Verizon told the Town of Lockport Planning Board Tuesday that a proposed cellphone tower off Chestnut Ridge Road may be reduced in height, and its location may be shifted slightly.

The tower could be reduced from 199 feet to 180 feet, said Steven Lingard of SmartLink, a Rochester firm working with Verizon. The location on the Lewis family’s property at 7154 Chestnut Ridge could be moved a short distance, depending on engineering reports showing whether the tower would work as well in a different location. Three of the five sites Verizon considered were on Lewis land, Planning Board member Thomas F. Grzebinski II said.

The site picked was “the worst of the Lewis sites, the closest to residential areas,” board member Rodney W. Conrad said. “We wanted to know if you could take a look at less crowded areas.”

Town Planner Andrew C. Reilly said Verizon needs use and height variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals as well as a special use permit from the Planning Board, and both boards would have to hold public hearings. The project will return to the Planning Board agenda Feb. 2.